18 June 2014
While Iranian officials in their official media talk about the policy of not sending forces to Iraq, a newly formed organ of this regime, known as the “Popular Headquarters in Defense of Shiite Sanctuaries” is recruiting volunteers to be dispatched to Iraq to confront Sunni tribes and ISIS; – Saberin Unit – whereas during the past year the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) has been dispatching its forces to Iraq coinciding with the start of the Iraqi people’s uprising in Anbar. IRGC forces have entered Iraq in many areas under Quds Force command. Quds Force members carried out the following after the occupation of Mosul:
- After the Iraqi army crumbled from the attack staged by tribal forces and ISIS in Mosul, former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki called on the Iranian regime on 10 June 2014 for urgent support. On this very day a Quds Force team of commanders and experts entered Iraq to assess the crisis situation, and they also met with officials of Maliki’s government and their military commanders in Baghdad. They returned to Tehran on June 12th and began planning on how to have the Quds Force enter Iraq and provide support for Maliki’s army.
- With the tribes and ISIS advancing, and the Iraqi forces crumbling, Qassem Suleimani rushed to Iraq and in stationed Baghdad along with a number of Quds Force commanders. He ordered Quds Force-affiliated forces, including Asaeb al-Haq, Katayeb Hezbollah and the Badr Organization to as quickly as possible reorganize these militia forces to strengthen Maliki’s forces, and dispatch them to raised province by the Sunni resistance. Qassem Suleimani used former Badr commanders for the hierarchy of the new battalions, following the example set by Iran’s Bassij forces. All these commanders, including Hadi al-Ameri and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, used to reside in Iran for a long time.
- The Quds Force also ordered 9th Badr Corps commander Hadi al-Ameri to quickly arrange a session with his affiliated sheikhs and begin a campaign to recruit forces for the special Bassij of the Badr forces. Al-Ameri held this session in the Badr office in Jaderiye in Baghdad. He then dispatched the Badr forces, along with units from the Asaeb, Katayeb and remaining Maliki army forces to Diyala Province to kill the people of this region.
- The Quds Force also began sending WMD missiles to equip its armed militias. They provided IRGC-built missiles to use against people of the liberated provinces.
- The Quds Force also placed its extra-territorial units on high alert, already prepared to be sent to Syria, and told them to be ready to be deployed to Iraq. A portion of these forces were sent to Iraq and a member of these units by the name of Alireza Moshajari killed in action.
Alireza Moshajari was a captain-ranked officer of the special ‘Saberin’ unit linked to the IRGC Ground Forces. He was dispatched to Iraq on June 9th and killed while on a combat mission commuting from the town of Es’haqi in Salahadin Province to enter the city of Samara. These clashes were against tribal forces. Before US forces departed Iraq he used to continuously travel to Iraq and took part in attacks against American troops. After getting his diploma Moshajari entered the IRGC’s Imam Hossein University and became a member of the Quds Force during his studies. In the month of September 2013 he was dispatched to Syria to help Assad forces confront the Free Syrian Army. He was in Syria for three months and returned to Iran afterwards. His father is a security commander of the Quds Force Saberin Brigade in Tehran.
The mullahs’ regime ttempts to portray as if a Quds Force member in Iraq died far from the battle scene. Therefore, various state-run website have written that Alireza Moshajari died in a driving accident in western Iran, whereas the Southern Lebanon website posted an image of Moshajari as the first Iranian killed in the clashes in Iraq.